Mountains of recycled oyster shells helping recovery efforts in the bay

Oysters served on the half shell are a Maryland tradition. But saving those shells so they can be recycled is a new trend. The shells are now actively sought by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, at restaurants like the Boatyard Bar and Grill in Annapolis. “They came to use and asked us to save the shells for them,” says head chef George Betz. “So they provide us with bins. They pick them up.” The Annapolis restaurant saved almost half a million oyster shells last year alone, and it’s one of more than 300 restaurants and markets partnering in the recycling effort. (WJZ-CBS)

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Neighbors oppose Delmarva Power substation proposed for northern Harford

Delmarva Power’s proposed 34KV substation off Route 646 in Street is meant to improve electrical service in the neighborhood and the utility’s service area in northeastern Harford County, but that did not stop a small group of neighbors from expressing their outrage about what they consider an intrusion in their residential and agricultural community. “Everyone in this community recognizes the significance of what is at stake with the intrusive placement of this substation,” Deborah Jones, whose family owns the 300-acre farm and historic house next door to the site, said Wednesday. (Aegis)

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Officials at Piney Orchard Ice Arena want to add another rink

Officials at Piney Orchard Ice Arena are looking to expand. They want to add a second sheet of ice, and expect to submit preliminary plans to the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning by the end of the month. The project would involve simply adding on to the current facility. At this point, the plans only include a second rink — no bleachers or anything else. “It’s going to be very simple,” said Gary Cremen, the general manager/hockey director at Piney Orchard. “It’s just going to be a bare-bones sheet of ice.” (Balt. Sun)

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Tronc is selling the L.A. Times. Could the Baltimore Sun be next?

News that tronc Inc. has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Times to a billionaire doctor created a stir on Wednesday and has left some wondering what might happen to the Baltimore Sun. The Chicago-based news conglomerate, which owns the Baltimore Sun Media Group, announced it plans to sell the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and various titles in its California News Group for $500 million to shareholder Patrick Soon-Shiong. The announcement creates speculation if tronc might sell the Sun and other newspaper assets next. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Federal Hill business owners seek to hire private security force to 'get people back down here'

Business owners in Federal Hill are considering employing a private security force to help patrol the streets in the wake of the city's ongoing crisis of violent crime that they say has impacted their bottom line. During a nearly two-hour meeting Tuesday night at MaGerks Pub and Grill on Cross Street, about two dozen business leaders in the South Baltimore peninsula debated how to best address the issue of crime and its impact on their livelihood. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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DataTribe launches cybersecurity funding competition

DataTribe, a cybersecurity startup studio in Fulton, is launching a new funding competition for young and potentially disruptive firms within the industry. The competition, to be called the DataTribe Cyber Crucible, will offer three finalist companies $20,000 in prize money to split. One company may be selected to receive $2 million in seed capital from DataTribe, and up to $1 million in support services. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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SECU CEO Rod Staatz to retire at end of 2018

Rod Staatz, the president and CEO of SECU since 2003, plans to retire at the end of 2018, the credit union announced Wednesday. With $3.3 billion in assets, SECU is Maryland’s largest credit union. Based in Linthicum, SECU serves more than a quarter million members through 22 branches and a network of free ATMs. (Balt. Sun)

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Longtime business champion retiring from Anne Arundel chamber

The longest-serving leader of Anne Arundel County’s chambers of commerce announced his retirement Wednesday, marking the fourth such departure in just two years. Bob Burdon, who has been with the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce since 1997, will leave his role as president and CEO on June 1. Burdon first served as the executive director of the Anne Arundel Trade Council, which two years later merged with the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce to form the organization as it exists today. (Capital)

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